Microsoft unveils Cortana Skills Kit for enterprise developers

Microsoft has announced Cortana Skills Kit for Enterprise during this year’s Ignite conference, enabling custom AI experiences for businesses.

Developers may already be aware of the Cortana Skills Kit as it’s been available to build consumer experiences for some time. As its name suggests, the version announced today is tailored at building enterprise solutions.

Javier Soltero, Microsoft CVP in charge of Cortana, said:

“At heart, we are about providing valuable assistance...

By Ryan Daws, 26 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development Tools, Enterprise, Platforms.

Java and JavaScript continue to dominate enterprise development landscape

Java and JavaScript remain the dominant languages in the enterprise developer landscape – but with more agile ways of working coming to the fore, they certainly won’t be exclusive going forward.

That’s the verdict of the Cloud Foundry Foundation in its most recent report focusing on the top languages for enterprise application development.

IT decision makers –...

By James Bourne, 23 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Java, Languages.

Jakarta EE aiming to focus on cloud-native Java after developer consultation

What do enterprise developers want? A cloud-native Java, according to a new consultation from the Eclipse Foundation.

The study, which polled more than 1,800 Java developers – 44% of whom categorised themselves as senior developers with a further 24% as architects – put cloud-native as an ‘imperative’ for enterprise Java going forward.

‘Two critical gaps in Java EE are now top priorities for Jakarta EE’, the foundation notes – lest we forget, Jakarta EE is the new...

By James Bourne, 25 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Enterprise, Java.

Agile initiatives expanding in the enterprise – but lots more work to be done

Agile is expanding within the enterprise – but there is plenty more that can be done to improve organisational initiatives.

That’s the key finding from enterprise software development firm CollabNet. In the company’s latest State of Agile report – the 12th iteration – which collected almost 1,500 responses from various industries in software development, 97% of respondents’ organisations practiced agile development methods. Of that number, 52% said that more than half of...

By James Bourne, 16 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development Tools, Enterprise.

Unity gains AI powers from IBM Watson integration

Game development platform Unity has teamed up with IBM to integrate AI features powered by Watson.

The IBM Watson Unity SDK is now available in the Asset Store to make it easy for developers to implement services like visual recognition, speech-to-text, and language classification.

“This SDK is the first asset of its kind to bring scalable AI services to Unity, enabling developers to easily integrate...

By Ryan Daws, 20 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Gaming, Platforms, VR.

Puppet acquires Distelli to expand automation across software delivery lifecycle

Puppet, an open-source software configuration management provider, has announced the acquisition of Distelli, a Seattle-based infrastructure automation company, to combine its global reach and DevOps leadership with the latter’s container and application deployment offerings.

The acquisition of Distelli gives Puppet an ability to provide enterprises end-to-end visibility into and control over application delivery regardless of what the application is running on, whether it is VMs or containerised...

By Developer, 25 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Enterprise.

Opinion: Cultivating enterprise buy-in for collaborative development

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When it comes to app development, working with enterprises isn’t like working with startups. It takes additional planning and requires broader buy-in — it can also be admittedly pretty confusing.

A startup might have one or two leaders who need to green-light an app before moving forward; an enterprise might have 10. Then there’s the bureaucracy to navigate. It’s easy to get stuck in an...

By Rudy Mutter, 17 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry.

Big data creating short term opportunities for developers – but long term challenges

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The growth and use of big data continues to dominate nearly every business enterprise.

Forbes reports that “making enterprises more customer-centric, sharpening focus on key initiatives that lead to entering new markets and creating new business models, and improving operational performance are three dominant factors driving analytics, big data,...

By StartApp, 28 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Enterprise.

How ‘intrapreneurs’ can flourish in the age of innovation

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There is perhaps no sexier profession in the world right now than that of tech startup founder or executive. TV shows like HBO’s Silicon Valley and SyFy’s Bazillion Dollar Club glorify, parody and evangelise an industry in which an astounding nine out of ten companies fail.

In recent years, that ‘entrepreneurial itch’ has made its way to the enterprise, propelling corporations to shift their focus away from mergers and acquisitions and towards accelerating innovation projects in-house. To do so, many...

By Geoff Wilson, 23 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Marketing.

Opinion: Weighing risks against benefits of React Native in the enterprise

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Few can deny the excitement generated in the mobile development community by React Native’s promises of productivity and multi-platform. Indeed, a veritable flood of apps created with Facebook’s recent brainchild now appear to be landing in the app store.

Understandably, then, discussions proliferate as to whether React Native is already mature enough to be...

By Mike Mannion, 23 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Industry.